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Published on July 17, 2014

Avera Named Among Health Care’s Most Wired in 2014

SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 9, 2014)  –  Once again, Avera has been named to the list of Health Care’s Most Wired. As a health care system, the 2014 designation is Avera’s 15th Most Wired award. The list is based on the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine (H&HN).

“This designation demonstrates Avera’s continued commitment to enhance our information technology systems in ways that support improving care and delivery and reaching patient engagement goals,” said Jim Veline, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Avera Health.

To achieve the Most Wired designation, organizations must meet all requirements in four areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.

As health care transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect care providers. For example, 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals, including Avera facilities, also have made gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient and the medication order via bar code technology at the bedside.

“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”

To comply with federal requirements, health care organizations such as Avera are working to adopt and meaningfully use electronic medical records. Avera began implementing its EMR in 2007, and most recently launched AveraChart, a new Internet portal through which patients can access their health history, message their care provider, view test results, request prescription renewals and more.

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at

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